Magazine Madness

Al Gore is a victim of media bias and advocates of low taxes are "crackpots." These are two of the counterfactual theses advanced in major magazines this week. First up, Evgenia Peretz (daughter of Gore mentor Martin Peretz) devotes nearly 7,000 words in Vanity Fair to the proposition that the former vice president was falsely maligned during the 2000 campaign by those notorious right-wing smear artists at ... the New York Times? Eight years ago, in the bastions of the "liberal media" that were supposed to love Gore -- The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, CNN -- he was variously described as "repellent," "delusional," a vote-rigger, a man who "lies like a rug," "Pinocchio." Eric Pooley, who covered him for Time magazine, says, "He brought out the creative-writing student in so many reporters. ... Everybody kind of let loose on the guy." How did this happen? Was the right-wing attack machine so...(Read Full Article)